Former Blackstreet leader Teddy Riley is suing ex-partner Chauncey Hannibal for $2 million, accusing Hannibal of slander and defamation of character.
Riley claims Hannibal's rap song "Shame on You" accuses him of theft, according to Riley spokesperson Madeline Wilson. Riley filed the suit May 19.
Hannibal also filed a $2 million lawsuit against Riley, alleging misappropriation of funds after Blackstreet called it quits in 1999, according to MTV Online.
Hannibal could not be reached for comment.
Riley's suit says Hannibal played "Shame on You" on radio stations in New York; Philadelphia; and Richmond and Virginia Beach, Va., in April and May. He's seeking a court injunction to prevent Hannibal from playing the song. A hearing is scheduled in Virginia Beach Circuit Court for Friday (May 26), Wilson said.
Riley and Hannibal, who goes by the stage name Chauncey Black, formed Blackstreet in 1993. Their 1996 hit "No Diggity" (RealAudio excerpt) sold 8 million copies. Riley also was a founding member of the New Jack Swing vocal group Guy, which released an unsuccessful comeback album, Guy III, in 1999.